Cougar Town returned last night, premiering in its new home on TBS, and oh my goodness am I happy to have it back. This premiere would have to be a little weird regardless, so I'm glad they went for it and made it meta, with characters saying they felt like they'd been away for a long time and finding ways some of the running jokes and character quirks to each other (and the audience). It also nicely set up the dynamics for the season: Jules and Grayson are adjusting to being married, the rest of the gang is adjusting to the changes that marriage makes in their group dynamic, and Travis and Laurie's flirtation is continuing to head toward something perhaps more real. There was a lot of focus on Travis is an adult now, presumably to make the Travis/Laurie thing less ooky, but actually no mention of Ellie and Andy's child (nor Grayson's). Interesting. And, of course, the ending tag, with the cameo I won't spoil because it was just so surprising and delightful, was brilliant.
I'm very curious to see how the show actually does on its new channel, both as an academic question (Will the fans find it? Will it actually attract anyone new?) and because I love it so much and want it to stick around. There were a million reminders on Twitter yesterday of the new time and channel - it was verging on annoying at some points - but I also couldn't help but think about the millions of TV watchers who aren't on Twitter or engaged in the online TV-watching community at all. Would they know? And hey, if you missed it, you can watch the episode at the TBS site. I really recommend you do.